How to Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Here is some guidance to get you rockin’ and unrollin’ your new wallpaper.
These simple steps will help you cut to the chase on your rapid room refresh.
Best of all, our wallpapers are self-adhesive, so you won’t need to deal with any messy paste.
This is the 21st Century, after all.
What You Will Need
- Damp cloth
- Level, not required, but recommended for best results
- Smoothing tool, included with your order
- Utility blade, included with your order
WARNING: The utility blade is very sharp. Keep your fingers clear and away from the cutting area when cutting. For adult use only. Store in a child-proof location.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Wipe and unroll.
Clean your wall with a damp cloth. While your wall is drying, unroll the wallpaper and cut apart each panel. You can leave the white edges on since they will serve as a guide later. Make sure the wall is dry before moving to the next step.
Self-adhesive wallpaper will not stick to a damp wall surface. While both oil-based and latex paints are dry to the touch within 24 hours, we strongly suggest that you wait at least two weeks before applying wallpaper to a freshly painted wall.
Step 2: Peel, cut and align.
Starting from the top of the wallpaper design, peel the backing off the panel by just a foot or two. This will help free up your hands while you are aligning the panel. Position the panel at the top left or top right corner of the wall, with a little extra material extending past the top of the wall / onto the ceiling.
Step 3: Apply and level.
Before you apply the wallpaper, make sure you leave a little extra paper extending past the wall/ceiling joint, or the top of the wall if it doesn’t reach the ceiling. Stick the panel to the top of the wall. Use a level to make sure that the panel is perfectly straight.
Step 4: Smooth slowly.
Once you are satisfied with your placement, peel off the backing a little bit at a time. As you peel away the backing, slowly smooth the panel with a straight edge tool to remove any air bubbles.
Step 5: Overlap and repeat.
Congratulations! Your first panel is done. Overlap the second panel and each successive panel by about half an inch, doing your best to match the patterns where the two panels meet. Repeat these steps for the remaining panels.
Step 6: Trim and enjoy.
After you have applied all the panels, you should fine-tune the edges.
Use a craft knife and straight edge to trim any excess edge paper, including around corners and electric/cable/phone wall outlets. If your overlapping edges show, you can fix them with a craft knife and straight edge. First, make a slit down the middle of the overlapping seam. Next, lift the edge of the top panel to peel away any excess at the bottom.
Finally, peel away any excess at the top. You should now have a perfectly aligned seam with no overlap.